Natalie Smith Parra’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Calyx, and The Mommy Wars, a Random House anthology, and Dove Tales. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Norcroft, Mesa Refuge, and Wellstone, as well as a Barbara Deming Money for Women grant and a Puffin Artist’s grant. She is a native of Los Angeles, where she worked as a high school teacher of English and Spanish, and is a lifelong activist, most recently working in the field of prisoner civil rights. ‪She is currently working on a short story collection about women and their relationship to the prison and legal systems.


January-March 2019